Tips on Beginning:
- Make it for the right reasons – you want to
- Read a lot of comics
- Carry a notebook in case you have any ideas
- Set an update schedule and stick to it
- Start it right now – don’t keep putting it off
- Create a compelling concept
- Create your characters e.g. backstories and personalities
- Keep your style & schedule doable
- Get feedback
- Plan out your schedule so you get into a habit
- Have a buffer- in case your sick or fall behind so that you can still update regularly
- Promote your comic as much as you can and engage with the community
- Share your comic on the hosting sites forum
- Promote it as much as possible with social media
- Engage as much as possible with other content creators e.g. on Tapastic interact with other webcomic artists – Fleen is also geared towards networking the web comic creators as is Webcomic Alliance
- Make sure your text is legible
- Make sure you actually enjoy the process
- Consider future printing possibilities so save 300dpi and consider colours so converting RGB to CYMK
- Choose the name carefully
- Strive to keep improving your art
Some free hosting site for comics, that we hadn’t known about, mentioned are www.smackjeeves.com. Need to look into them more. A free resource is Making Comics for helping get your started.
- Expecting too much too soon
- Business before comic e.g. Merchandising before really establishing a loyal fanbase
- Overworking/Unsustainable schedule
Making Comics and Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Light for Visual Artists by Richard Yot
Framed Ink by Marcos Mateu-Mestre
Critical Theory Today by Lois Tyson
The Webcomics Handbook by Brad Gulgar
We found Logo pond to be our favourite site for inspiration as the logos were all fairly minimalistic. We didn’t really like the isometric logos that we looked at but it did push in the direction of incorporating geometric shapes into the design.
Logo Design Tips:
- 2 pictures wrapped in one (like the Boat logo, one way it’s just a letter another its a picture)
- Colour is important but it should still work greyscale
- Avoid repeating the same design style over and over, for example, circular badge divided into segments. Try and make it ageless rather than following a trend.
- Make it unique/ instantly recognisable
- Try use custom font
- Keep it simple stupid!
- Think about proportion and symmetry
- Maybe incorporate negative space (see Fedex Arrow)
- Is it passive e.g. Apple logo or active e.g. Twitter Logo
- Have a meaning to the design
Danny likes the idea of a jumping wolf design with geometry incorporated into it, which I quite like the thought of doing so I said I would.
Danny got in touch with some comic book related people, I can’t remember the different names so we wrote up a list of questions to ask them, which are in my notebook.
To Do List:
NAT: Costing + research examples + logo
DAN: Concept sketches + write out story +try to do a page
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